I wear pants and my daughter wears trousers.
Ha! You see now, depending on where your familiarity lies you will have either me in my underwear or my daughter in a tweed three-piece suit with a monocle in her eye … sort of.
This confusion may seem like nothing to you or me in the bright light of day. But it’s hell first thing in the morning.
Heated dialogue between me and my four-year-old daughter:
“Put your pants on.”
“I did!!! I did, stop keep telling me!”
“What do you mean you did? You are half-naked! Put them on NOW, we are going to be late.”
“I did I did I did.” (She is only four.)
“These are not pants, they are TROUSERS.”
“Well, put them on.”
“You said pants.”
“You know what I meant.”
“You said pants … silly.”
To me ‘trousers’ sounds, well, quaint … but wrong. I am South African and we call trousers pants … or slacks (yup). I am not sure why this should be, as we seem to have gone the way of British English in most other cases.
There’s a pretty thorough article on ‘trousers’ here. Isn’t Wikipedia fantastic?
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